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Mar 12, 2013 6:00pm PDT
to afford rent. don ford reports. >> reporter: the government defines affordable housing as costing less than a third of your income. but a new study is out that says california's average two- bedroom apartment is now more than $1,300. and for that to be affordable, your full-time job would have to pay $26.02 an hour. >> what if you don't make that much? what if you make minimum wage? well, that's where the numbers really get grim. >> reporter: to afford the same apartment, the household would have to include 3.3 minimum wage earners working 40 hours a week year round. or a single person making $8 an hour would have to work 130 hours a week, 52 weeks a year. >> obviously that's not realistic. you can't work more than 24 hours in a day and nobody does so what that means is that families are struggling to get by. they are spending much, much more than 30% of their income towards the rent. >> reporter: shelter, inc., is an organization that helps find housing for people in contra costa county who end up on the street. people like jenna weathers and heath
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